According to studies, wine can taste much better as you listen to the right music. Well then, better start stocking up that wine cabinet and fixing your music playlist. But, is there really a connection between music and wine? Is it true that music can cause the wine to improve its taste? A study conducted by a group headed by Charles Spence, an experimental psychology professor at Oxford University, has presented that people can acquire 15% more predilection or liking of their wines by concurrently sipping and listening to the proper type of music.
The study conducted complemented tastes such as sours and sweets to sound properties like tempo and pitch. They found out that the brain, and consequently the palate or taste, is affected or shaped by the external environment when eating and drinking. If the atmosphere or environs are gratifying, so is the sense of taste. Therefore if you wish to make your wine to flavor better, or improve a particular flavor attribute, sensibly select you background music.
The Outcome When Wine And Music Are Matched
In broad-spectrum, results were that humans would like to balance or complement the outside senses to taste. Hence the individuals included in the study paired heavy red wines, for instance, Malbec, with musical instruments such as the organ while light white wines, Sauvignon Blanc, for instance, are paired with the harp.
But then again sound can likewise completely alter the taste and feel of the wine. Say, if strong and heavy music is listened to, this will cause a stronger and heavier wine taste, on the other hand, if mellow and soft music is listened to, the wine taste will resemble.
The research primarily matches general sensations of taste with the characteristics of music, however complex wines have a multifarious of flavors that when matched with complex music as well, will enrich different taste and texture sensations during the course of the music or song.
- Sweet wines go with music that has an even and smooth rhythm, slow tempo and high pitch but soft, this where piano music is best.
- Sour wines match up with music with a rhythm that is syncopated, a fast tempo and a high pitch. Brass musical instruments are suitable with such wines as well as salty wines.
- Wines with fruity scents complement a high pitch, while wines with a smokey scent go with a low pitch.
- Wines with high tannin agree with the gritty and chunky strings of a rock guitar whilst wines that have a full body correspond with a orchestral music.
What do you think? Have you had any good experiences with particular combinations of music and wine?